I got my ass kicked in my race. I started in the back... and I stayed in the back most of the day until the inevitable happened and I got pulled as the leaders flew on by. The course was challenging. Anyone who says its "dumbed down" or not technical isn't riding it fast enough. Its shorter than the big lap. That's it. It had some nice flow and a nice downhill to reward you for the entirely single track climb. Simply put, I loved it.
|Lauren shoving stockings filled with ice down my back.|
I had pre rode it a bunch during the last few weeks, figured out the lines and had a good idea of exactly where I needed to be on the tough spots. All that went out the window at race pace. Instead of having the luxury of picking and choosing my way through the rocks, I was just trying to hold the wheel in front of me. That put a lot of emphasis on sprinting all the time and less on line choice. Being in the back meant a lot of yoyoing and some more running with my bike on normally ridable sections due to jam ups.
I knew at the top of the descent a large crowd has amassed. I purposely didn't go up there before my race as I wanted to experience it for the first time in the race. I knew most everyone up there, and by that late in the day they were pretty
|J Rock... keeping MTB weird. Photo: Pat Engleman|
|Mr Abram Landes somehow continues to take the most awesome pictures. You can even see adult beverage being thrown on me.|
|Deep in the heckle pit. Photo Beth Fayant|
|Switchback: Photo Kyle Centrella|
|Proof I rode the drops, Thanks Bear Creek for the photo|